One of the major reasons for the popularity of tiles is the low maintenance they need. Tiles are, by nature, water-resistant, and facilitate easy cleaning. It is possible to have your tiles on walls, floors or countertops, look awesome for many years with just a little care.Floor Tiles Cape Town
Follow a cleaning routine that includes sweeping or dry mopping to remove dirt. Use wet mopping once a week (more in case of areas seeing heavy foot traffic) to remove stubborn grit, and minimise wear and tear to the tile from daily use.
Use cleaning methods according to the type of the tile – glazed or unglazed.
Glazed tiles are subject to an additional session of baking in kilns as against unglazed tiles. Glazed varieties are less slip-resistant compared to non-glazed varieties. Also, glazed tiles consist of a liquid glass layer, and are more stain-resistant than unglazed varieties.
- Use a general household cleaner without any oil-based content to clean glazed tiles. A standard cleaner is enough to remove stubborn dirt, hard water deposits, soap residue, and mildew (especially on bathroom wall tiles).
- While it is safer to go for cleaners with a neutral pH level for cleaning unglazed tiles, it is important to read labels to know if a cleaner is suitable for the kind of tile you are using, and for the traffic level the tile is exposed to.
Some best tiling tips to minimise wear and tear to your tiles:
- Sealing the grout is crucial to reducing tile wear and tear. Without a seal, tile grout becomes vulnerable to dirt and moisture, which creep into the tile, causing damage such as cracks, and even tile breakage, over time.
Grout sealing makes the tile resistant to spills, stains and growth of mould.
- Avoid use of steel or wire cleaning brushes on tiles as the abrasiveness of these materials can cause scratches. Also, any piece of remnant steel causes rust, which stains tile grout.
- Give preference to cleaners recommended by the tile manufacturer. Ensure that the cleaner you buy is applicable on tile grouts.
- Clean any spills on tiles immediately to prevent stain formation on grout.
- Use of floor protectors for furniture legs is recommended to prevent damage such as scratches on tiles.
- Clean the tile with clean water after using a cleaning solution on it, to remove any traces of the cleaner.
- Use dirt-trappers such as floor mats in areas that see heavy traffic, such as entrance, exits, and kitchen sinks. By trapping dust, grime and sand, these mats minimise contact of such damage-causing materials with tiles.
Some more tips to have your tile working for you at peak performance for several years:
- Do not use bleach on a tile. Avoid vinegar and water solution too as vinegar is an acid and can damage the tile.
- Avoid using soap as it can leave a film of residue, which dulls tile colour and promotes growth of mildew.
- Test the cleaner on a small area on the tile before using it for a thorough cleaning.
- Do not use coloured cleaning agents on unglazed tiles.
- Hire a qualified contractor to repair or replace a damaged tile.
To experience said the benefits of tiles, it is crucial to purchase products of the highest quality. For the best in tiles in Cape Town and Johannesburg, choose Tilespace. Our company has many years of rich history in the tiling industry, which makes us a specialist in the field.
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